Monday, October 19, 2009

Perfect days ...


Farm Road © Karen Mathison Schmidt
5 x 7 • acrylic on Gessobord
gloss varnish for protection & easy cleaning
unframed


This dirt road runs through the cornfields and cotton fields about a half mile from our place. This was a picture perfect, crisp autumn day after nearly three weeks of rain. Hallelujah!

This one has a kind of a Southwest feel to it. If you squint and use your imagination, the tree line along the horizon could be distant mountains. So if you want this to be a New Mexico painting, go ahead and pretend it is. Viewer’s perogative!

Two work-in-progress photos, showing the underlying colors:





And here are some brushwork details:






3 comments:

Lana Gramlich said...

Very cool. Do you often work so small? I can't imagine doing something 5x7"!

Karen Mathison Schmidt said...

Thanks, Lana!

I like working large and small. Each has its unique challenges. In between large paintings I like to do several smaller ones because it helps me let go of details and simplify, simplify simplify! Then after the 5x7's and 6x6's, the 16x20's and the 18x24's seem HUGE!

I’m even thinking about getting some 4x4 panels ... we’ll see!

Denise R said...

Just beautiful Karen, as usual! I love the colors in this one and I love country roads too!